The Institute of Planetary Research deals with the study of the Solar System, in particular with regard to the origin, formation and evolution of planets, their moons and small planetary bodies (asteroids and comets), by means of remote sensing on spacecraft and from the ground (observatories), as well as through laboratory experiments and on-site investigations and theoretical modelling.
Institute of Planetary Research
Representation of the Solar System
Our planetary system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus und Neptune.
The search for exoplanetary systems
The next big mission to search for exoplanets and their exact characterisation is PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars). PLATO will specifically search for planets around bright stars that can be accurately characterised. Of particular interest are rocky planets with an atmosphere and on which watercould exist in a liquid state. Life could have developed on these planets.